Date of Award

Fall 12-21-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Nebahat Avcioğlu

Second Advisor

Amanda Wunder

Third Advisor

Ellen Prokop


This inquiry examines portraits of “monsters”—an early modern term describing those whose bodies challenged socially-constructed categories by deviating from the social norm through differences of race, gender and physical or mental capacity, painted for Hapsburg royals across Europe, who collected specimens, including people, representing the scope of their territories.



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